New Gingrich ad: Romney speaks French, you know

posted at 8:55 pm on January 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Matt Lewis, this is the second time in two days that Newt’s team has turned an otherwise effective spot into a caricature of an attack ad. Yesterday it was the old business about the dog on the roof of his car, today it’s the fact that, like a certain other filthy rich politician from Massachusetts whom conservatives disdain, Romney speaks French. Doesn’t famous brainiac Newt Gingrich speak a foreign language or two, or ten? This would have been a jolly fun zinger two presidential elections ago, but in case Newt hasn’t heard, we fight wars alongside the French now and everything. What does it prove? That Romney’s an elitist phony? Good news — the base already knows.

That’s the first ad below. The second is a 60-second spot his Super PAC started airing in South Carolina today. (There’s a 30-second version too.) Looks like those reports about Team Newt backing off the Bain attacks were wrong. Or were they?

A source close to wealthy donor Sheldon Adelson, who is under fire for giving $5 million to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC that began running TV ads attacking Mitt Romney’s career in private equity, distanced the Las Vegas casino magnate from the ads on Thursday…

And while the Adelson source said the casino magnate was “indifferent” to the “fuss,” he also strongly implied that Adelson did not want the money he gave to Gingrich to be used for ads attacking Romney’s private equity career.

“I think people want to draw a conclusion that the money goes in and all $5 million is directed just towards $5 million of Bain Capital attacks on Mitt Romney, and that that’s exactly what Mr. Adelson wanted that money to be spent on,” the Adelson source said. “What if you donate to the Red Cross, and they do a hundred different things and you wanted it to just go to people in Haiti, and they sent it to people in Somalia instead and you didn’t think that was a priority? Are you going to call the Red Cross and demand that they just send the money to Haiti? You make a donation on a basis that the people receiving the money are going to spend it in the best way that you see fit,” the source added.

Probably doesn’t matter. If Newt wins South Carolina and emerges as the Not Romney, he’ll have plenty of money flowing in from the base even if Adelson walks away. If he doesn’t win, he’s almost certainly finished even if Adelson’s willing to keep writing checks.

I can’t help feeling like there’s some happy yet unexplored middle ground ad-wise between crude Bain demagoguery and “Romney speaks French” stupidity. Any ideas, guys? Any weak spots for Mitt Romney out there that might exploited to great effect among the conservative base? Shoot me any suggestions you might have in the comments. Exit quotation from Philip Klein about the Super PAC’s new Bain ads: “Can’t wait for sequel ‘When Newt Came to town,’ about a historian who gives frank lectures that create millions of jobs.”


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BTW, I don’t think Newtered has any supporters.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Well, 30% of Republican Party don’t even know PRINCIPLE anymore.

Stop making a case about the Ad!

You may win this election (which is unthinkable if Romney’s the candidate) but, in the end, it’s a loss overall to the principles of conservatism that made America as the most prosperous nation in the world!

Romney symbolizes the disease of the Republican Party!

TheAlamos on January 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Axe on January 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Well … to be honest, wasting ones time learning French is sort of creepy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Not necessarily. I studied French to fill a foreign language requirement. Much of the political theory I was studying was originally written in French, and I had picked up enough Spanish shooting pool in East Chicago to get by. Then I discovered that the classes above the 100 level were almost entirely populated by women, which made them a target rich environment. Very worthwhile.

novaculus on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Just what were his grades at Harvard Law?

JohnGalt23 on January 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM

cum laude and Baker scholar
Top 5%

Bush 43 next year.

Bottom 5% (which was leaked by an anonymous professor)

rubberneck on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Any ideas, guys? Any weak spots for Mitt Romney out there…

Donny Osmond is Mitt Romney’s bastard son.

You know it’s true.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

So it was pretty acceptable that the Romney PACs went after Newt with hammer and thongs in Iowa and the second that Newt fights back he’s the bad guy. Oh, okay.

Tarnsman on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

OWS Gingrich. No thanks. In his bid to smash and destroy everything during his fit of petulance, he’s unaware what a backlash he’s creating.

obladioblada on January 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

What backlash? You mean fro RINOs? Who cares? Romney is UNELECTABLE. Bank on it.

riddick on January 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I can’t believe I thought Newt was the smart one 6 months ago.

Newt seems all over the place with his attacks too. He’s going off about abortion in one ad and venture capitalism in his SuperPac ad. Now this weird spot. The guy can’t find a consistent message to save his life. Thank goodness he’s not going to be the nominee.

fed-nad on January 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Well … to be honest, wasting ones time learning French is sort of creepy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Why? I think Newt making fun of anyone being bi-lingual is sort of creepy and a waste of time and money.

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Any weak spots for Mitt Romney out there that might exploited to great effect among the conservative base? Shoot me any suggestions you might have in the comments.

They don’t call it the stupid party for nothing.

Purple Fury on January 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM

“Any ideas, guys?”

Attack Obowma…

… but that’s just me.

Seven Percent Solution on January 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

The best way to have run against Mitt was from the right, not this Bain crap.
How hard would it have been to run ads showing him yukking it up with Teddy at the RomneyCare signing ceremony.

jjshaka on January 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

HAY!!!!

RomneyCare (which was not called that at the time, BTW, but whatever) was a limited disaster. I mean, it is, and was, no skin off my pretty pink bottom, up here in the North Land.

Now. Attention! Romney understands that it was a fiasco for Massachusettttes. But he would kinda rather let bygones be bygones. And who wouldn’t? And he has averred that he will work to dismantle Obama .. Care. And I believe him. Because if he does not, all HELL will break loose. And Mitt wants to be a good president. An appreciated president. He’s not like Barack, who wants to be a counter-revolutionary president — one who aches to bring the United States of America to her knees. Mitt wants nothing of that. He wants to see America back to what it used to be. A nation that understands that BUSINESS is a good thing. Let’s go make some money. And while we’re doing that, let’s go kick some Jihadi ass, and feel good about it. That’s what I want. And I think that’s what the voters want.

minnesoter on January 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Why?

McDuck on January 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Why would you want to waste your time learning a language for a people who have no desire to speak to you … and if they did, they have nothing of interest or value to say. When was the last correct decision of import made by a Frenchman?

Don’t forget how seriously the French take their language. They have a language police, and all. Back in the early days of computing the France made it law that all keywords had to be in French … so while the whole world was using the normal English keywords that were developed in the US, the French had the world’s most incompatible software … in French. They were held back in the field until that particular bit of total idiocy was repealed. You really have to laugh.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I loved the new french connection ad. but shhhhh he is not allowed to be criticized. we need to treat him like Obama will very very nicely. If you attack Mitt you are not a true conservative. dont you watch Fox news.

boogaleesnots on January 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Newt has shot himself so badly the past 2 weeks he’s angling for a job on MSNBC or AlgoreCURRENT TV.

wildcat72 on January 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

You know who benefits from these shenannegans?

Hint: Not the voters.

/The PACS funnel money to the candidates who funnel money to the ad agencies who funnel money to the film makers and producers who pay to connect with the politicians who….

Who are we kidding but ourselves.

Whatevah, for presentdunce.

Key West Reader on January 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Any ideas, guys? Any weak spots for Mitt Romney out there that might exploited to great effect among the conservative base? Shoot me any suggestions you might have in the comments.

The most effective attack against Romney is his history of flip flopping. He supported abortion and then was against it. He supported gay marriage and then was against it. He was for universal healthcare and then was against it. He was for bailouts and then was against them. Basically they have to do to Mitt Romney what they did to John Kerry in 2004.

SoulGlo on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Any weak spots for Mitt Romney out there that might exploited to great effect among the conservative base?

Obviously just attack his flip-flops, support for individual mandates, and his liberal record.

The problem of course is that Newt can’t. Because that brings to mind his own flip-flops, support for individual mandates, and his own liberal record (such as with global warming and ethanol subsides).

Romney is a juggernaut only because the other candidates are such peons.

smiley on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Romney was a Mormon missionary in France. Learning French would be useful in that situation.

Philly on January 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

duh :)…these people remind me of the typical American tourists in France/Paris that walk around asking locals for directions in English :-)… Problem is the French are pretty much as bad and averse to learning foreign languages as the Americans are :-)…so it was so comical to see how the Americans would walk away disappointed and convinced that the French hated them and that it must have been a case of anti-americanism at work (the crude reality being that most French don’t speak English and can’t be bothered with it either), while the locals/French would walk away re-assured that the ‘stupid American tourist’ stereotype was actually true :-)…

jimver on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Why? I think Newt making fun of anyone being bi-lingual is sort of creepy and a waste of time and money.

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Yeah, well you –

You are bi!

heh. I apologize for that right there.

Axe on January 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

borntoraisehogs on January 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Love it.

minnesoter on January 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Romney speaks French, you know

but does he French kiss ??
:D

burrata on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Who is the Hot Gas chick that gets moist because Romney knows French? Ooh, la la.

carbon_footprint on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

LoL. Hot Gas chick? Anyway knowing French will make it easier for Mitt to surrender. I wish.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

So basically its down to Santorum, Romney and Paul for serious candidates each with their own flaws. Huntsman is a joke. Gingrich is apparently insane. Perry seems to be what he likes to call Obama, a socialist. Santorum will be out soon probably due to lack of funds. That leaves Paul and Romney.

thphilli on January 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Anyway knowing French will make it easier for Mitt to surrender.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

true laugh out loud there

Axe on January 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Donny Osmond is Mitt Romney’s bastard son.

You know it’s true.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

LOL, I want to see a birth certificate.

msmveritas on January 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

sometimes i feel sorry that we actually funded your revolution- in the middle of a devastating famine- for all the french bashing that goes on in certain circles. ingrates.

even in england for centuries french was the language of culture and refinement. now you’re forced to speak spanish whether you like it, know it or not- not because it’s the language of culture and art but because it’s the tongue of invaders. good luck with that while *itching about the french.

mittens on January 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

LOL…Newt can’t go after RomneyCare…he supported the individual mandate and praised it in one of his newsletters.

rubberneck on January 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

That leaves Paul and Romney.

thphilli on January 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

pretty much…and looks like De Mint wants Paul in da race :-)

jimver on January 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Mitt Romney has secret phone sex with Carla Bruni. She didn’t even give Obama her phone number.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Hmmmm. Do links to Fortune Mag not work? In case my comment doesn’t appear I want to repeat the point which wasn’t related to that:

I note that Newt just claimed on Hannity that nothing that happened after 1994 when he ran against Ted Kennedy can be credited to Mitt (at which point Mitt had taken credit for 10,000 jobs). Methinks he just painted himself into a corner.

Buy Danish on January 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

How come Hot Romney Air never posted Mitt attack ads and how stupid they were?
promachus on January 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Asked and answered.

angryed on January 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

De Mint was on the Mark Levin show two days ago and said NOT ONE WORD about Ron Paul. Which was a good thing.

minnesoter on January 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Anyway knowing French will make it easier for Mitt to surrender.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

true laugh out loud there

Axe on January 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

heh

Newt’s throwing everything at the wall until something sticks. At this rate he’s bound to hit something.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Anyway knowing French will make it easier for Mitt to surrender.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

excellent

angryed on January 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

sometimes i feel sorry that we actually funded your revolution- in the middle of a devastating famine- for all the french bashing that goes on in certain circles. ingrates.

even in england for centuries french was the language of culture and refinement. now you’re forced to speak spanish whether you like it, know it or not- not because it’s the language of culture and art but because it’s the tongue of invaders. good luck with that while *itching about the french.

mittens on January 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

What are you complaining about? You guys have finally won. The French Rev0lution won the West, as stupid as that is. The American Rev0lution died. The Constitution and the unique nation fashioned by it is kaput. Tribalistic, unstable democracy and limitless central government has taken the whole of the West. The best governmental system lost and the French have, for the first time in a long, long time … won.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

So it was pretty acceptable that the Romney PACs went after Newt with hammer and thongs in Iowa and the second that Newt fights back he’s the bad guy. Oh, okay.

Tarnsman on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

And it was okay for Romney to attack Perry from the left on Social Security, but it’s unacceptable for Perry to attack Romney from the left on Bain.

Just Sayin on January 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Romney was sent on a 2 1/2 year mission to France when he was 19 and had to learn to speak french for that reason.

JA on January 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

This latest ad by Newt has truth and humor. Very effective ad. I laughed out loud at the French at the end.

For all of those offended, wait until Florida. Will we hear the same outcry when Mitt runs ads telling seniors that Newt will take away their social security?

cluemeister on January 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

So it was pretty acceptable that the Romney PACs went after Newt with hammer and thongs in Iowa and the second that Newt fights back he’s the bad guy. Oh, okay.

Tarnsman on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

And it was okay for Romney to attack Perry from the left on Social Security, but it’s unacceptable for Perry to attack Romney from the left on Bain.

Just Sayin on January 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

And John McCain thinks it was perfectly appropriate for him to attack Romney over Bain in 2008, but when Newt and Perry do it in 2012 McCain thinks it’s the greatest betrayal of Republican principle in the history of our party.

Just Sayin on January 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Anyway knowing French will make it easier for Mitt to surrender.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Ha!

Just Sayin on January 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Romney was sent on a 2 1/2 year mission to France when he was 19 and had to learn to speak french for that reason.

JA on January 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

It’s a joke, enjoy it. For goodness sake people learn foreign languages every day in this country. Mitt learning to speak French doesn’t have to be justified. Newt’s injecting some much needed levity.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Romney is UNELECTABLE. Bank on it.

riddick on January 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I’m not defending or championing Romney, but you should know:

“.While President Carter confronted Ted Kennedy at the White House, a much more amiable encounter reunited the two most eminent figures in the G.O.P. They had never been friends, and as recently as last March, Gerald Ford had described Ronald Reagan as “unelectable.” But as they strolled out of their meeting near the 13th hole of the Thunderbird Country Club in Palm Springs last week, Ronnie and Jerry looked as if they had been lifelong pals. Smiling and relaxed in a blue blazer and beige slacks, Ford called the talks “very, very constructive.”. . .

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0%2C9171%2C924192%2C00.html

In 1980, George H.W. Bush said Ronald Reagan was unelectable.

Nixon wasn’t electable.

Resist We Much on January 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I can’t help feeling like there’s some happy yet unexplored middle ground ad-wise between crude Bain demagoguery and “Romney speaks French” stupidity. Any ideas, guys?

If they’re going to attack Romney over Bain, it would be more effective to use his own words against him. It’s one more item on the endless list of flip-flops on the part of this shallow and unprincipled human Ken doll, and even the most slavishly devoted Mitten-worshiper would have a hard time defending him over it in any coherent way.

Walter Sobchak on January 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

This is ridiculous. Newt has a Ph.D. in modern European history. You can’t get a Ph.D. in modern European history without knowing at least one, and more likely two, foreign languages. Not only that, Newt’s dissertation was on Belgian education policy in the Congo. He cites multiple French-language sources in it. He couldn’t have written it without knowing French.

J.S.K. on January 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

It’s a joke, enjoy it. For goodness sake people learn foreign languages every day in this country. Mitt learning to speak French doesn’t have to be justified. Newt’s injecting some much needed levity.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Its inclusion in the ad has a more sinister purpose than that.

McDuck on January 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

“Any ideas, guys?”

Attack Obowma…
… but that’s just me.
Seven Percent Solution on January 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Heh, tea party ideas to return America to Glory. But if all else face make it personal and attack attack attack lol

residentblue on January 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

This will stick to Romney like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright stuck to Obama.

That means different things to different people, of course.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Oh good grief. I thought we had left that childish “durr hurr them Frenchies are stoopid” schtick behind us years ago.

Way to go, Gingrich, validate the leftist’s stereotype of conservatives as bucktoothed morons. What’s next, a Palin lookalike starring as Ma Kettle?

MelonCollie on January 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Oopsie. Wrong thread. I hate when that happens.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

It’s a joke, enjoy it. For goodness sake people learn foreign languages every day in this country. Mitt learning to speak French doesn’t have to be justified. Newt’s injecting some much needed levity.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

And the Romney folks scream that the Perry folks are humorless.

cozmo on January 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

*fails

residentblue on January 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Mitt thinks laissez-faire are bad words. But then at least he is not snouting for federal Freddie truffles like Newtiepoo.

AshleyTKing on January 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

those are WWF graphics in that ad, no?

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

RomneyCare provides the counterpoint to so many of Mitt’s campaign themes:

Romney: “I want an opportunity society, not an entitlement society”

Counter: Almost 80% of those who were newly covered under RomneyCare were covered either under Medicaid or received huge subsidies for insurance under Commonwealth Care

Romney: “We need to cut spending. The federal government spends more than in takes in.”

Counter 1: Romney offloaded the bulk of the cost of RomneyCare onto the federal government.

Romney: “I’d like to able to fire people….because people should have choices in the insurance market.”

Counter: RomneyCare limits the number of plans that can be sold through the insurance exchange (the Connector).

Romney: “Regulations are strangling our economy.”

Counter: Health care and health insurance are more heavily regulated under RomneyCare than before.

Romney: “Obama wants the US to be a European-style welfare state.

Counter 1: …whereas Romney only wanted Massachusetts to be a European-style welfare state.

Counter 2: Dude, you gave us an individual mandate.

Romney: “An attack on my record at Bain is an attack on bedrock conservative principles”

Counter: You know what is an attack on bedrock conservative principles? YOUR ENTIRE HEALTH CARE PLAN.

Rick 1? Rick 2? Newt? Ludwig von Huntsman???? C’mon guys, this isn’t rocket science.

Just Sayin on January 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Speaking French is strikingly important; that’s what I like about Mitt. I went to the same mission as Mitt (that’s my French connection; only he went in 1967–I went in 1987). Every job I’ve ever had required me to speak French–NuSkin Canada, Gateway Europe, High School French Teacher. I always got paid more for that skill.

Look, Romney is electable. These Bain attacks will disappear eventually (just like Newt–in a few weeks) and Romney will probably be the next President of the U.S. He has the looks, the family, the pedigree, THE MONEY–he’s gonna win. It would have been nice to have a Palin/Rubio ticket, but neither of them are running. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times; the POTUS is just a part of it. We need as a country to have more conservatives winning in the Senate, the new districts in Congress and we need to TEA PARTY-get-rid-of the likes of Pelosi and others of her “drained swamp ilk”. Frank and Beans, Weiner, and Nel-slum of Nebraska are gone, and hopefully Pelosi and Reid will bail out soon. Redistricting is going to help, too, but if we have sustainable majorities, Romney will HAVE TO govern RIGHT–>. And that’s good for all of us.

pacard33 on January 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair

“Well…learning French is a waste of time and creepy.”

Hey, creepy-a-mundo.

You got it! Ignorance is cool, man! Why would anyone need to know more than one language? And the present generation appears to know only half of one language. Far out! Awesome! Like, totally!

Hey, French this!

I’ll bet your friends at the Occupy site have voted you No. 1 Dullard. Cool!

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

That ad against Romney is brutal. I think it will hurt Mitt a bit.

popularpolitics on January 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

popularpolitics

I think Gingrich is an undisciplined, egotistic, serial adulterer. I think it will hurt Newt a bit.

Horace on January 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Romney is not a true conservative, which is why he can’t inspire the party base; he is essentially Democrat-Lite. He will most approach to governing and the liberal Democrat approach. Perry articulates this well enough on the campaign trail, and he’ll continue to improve in the crappy “30-second sound bite” formats that the contemporary media attempts to pass off these days as sorry-ass excuses for debates.

1. Perry is a true Constitutional conservative. He is the real deal and his record proves it.
2. Perry has a proven executive track record and has never lost any of his political campaigns.
3. Perry is a prodigious fundraiser and can easily go the distance against Romney and Obama.
4. Perry is from common man roots in Paint Creek, TX, is an Eagle Scout, and is a military veteran.
5. Perry is unquestionably pro-2nd Amendment; anything less is unacceptable — period.
6. Perry fostered an environment in Texas that encouraged businesses to invest and create jobs.
7. Perry will protect our borders, while treating honest, hardworking immigrants here with dignity.
8. Perry will do everything he can to cut spending, balance the budget, and simplify the tax code.
9. Perry truly believes in limited government and will protect states’ rights from the feds.
10. Perry will appoint Constitutional constructionists to the federal bench. You can count on it. Lying

nancysabet on January 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Speaking of that, has anyone ever looked at a profile of GHW Bush & Romney side by side? Must be that distant relative thing again.

sandollar_sa on January 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I broke laughing at the end of the ad about Romney speaking French. Is this a real Gingrich ad? Wow! I thought Gingrich was suppose to be an intellectual. My high school friends from the trailer park would Gingrich an idiot for this ad.

thuja on January 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM

….seriously?

Okay, look I love making fun of the french as much as the next guy, but this is silly! What does this say about the man, that he had to learn a foreign language when he went on a religious mission to a foreign country decades ago?

Yes, that’s, quite insidious. Seriously, who comes up with this stuff?

WolvenOne on January 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Who is the Hot Gas chick that gets moist because Romney knows French? Ooh, la la.

carbon_footprint on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

sheryl

Elle est malade.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Newt is a stupid degenerate and needs to be shamed out of politics.

Igor R. on January 12, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Oh for cripes sakes! Look how young Romney is in those pieces.
So Mitt should go back to before all of Newt’s wife’s, and put out ads with Newt, in pull-ups?
(I went by a Big Boy Restaurant today- and that boy holding the burger with a checkered outfit on- was that Newt as a kid?)

KOOLAID2 on January 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM

I think this is actually a pretty good set of ads, especially the French one. Sure, the French thing is cheesy and lame, but I’m pretty sure its just tongue-in-cheek humor. The rest of the ad is pretty substantive and damning.

LevinFan90 on January 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

It’s a joke, enjoy it. For goodness sake people learn foreign languages every day in this country. Mitt learning to speak French doesn’t have to be justified. Newt’s injecting some much needed levity.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

And the Romney folks scream that the Perry folks are humorless.

cozmo on January 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Some folks can’t see the forest for the timber LOL!

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is hitting Rival Mitt Romney in a new ad, with a voice-over that says at one point, “just like John Kerry, he speaks French, too.”

But it may not be Gingrich’s best line of attack, considering the former professor has a doctorate in European history from Tulane University.

Gingrich’s 1971 dissertation – “Belgian Education Policy in the Congo 1945-1960” — contains a multitude of sources in French in his bibliography.

In total, Gingrich relied upon 143 French-language sources to write his dissertation — including 18 “public documents,” 90 books, 33 published articles and 2 unpublished documents.

He also conducted 8 “private interviews” in Belgium during the course of his research, although the language that he used wasn’t specified in the bibliography. Belgium’s officials languages are French, German and Dutch.

Gingrich’s ad is called “The French Connection” and compares Romney to Massachusetts liberals Sen. John Kerry and former Gov. Michael Dukakis, both of whom unsuccessfully ran for president.

A Gingrich spokesman didn’t immediately return a request for comment from The Daily Caller about this irony.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/12/gingrich-hits-romney-for-speaking-french-despite-having-doctorate-in-european-history/#ixzz1jJMTS158

rubberneck on January 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM

It’s a joke, enjoy it. For goodness sake people learn foreign languages every day in this country. Mitt learning to speak French doesn’t have to be justified. Newt’s injecting some much needed levity.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Its inclusion in the ad has a more sinister purpose than that.

McDuck on January 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

It’s a comparison to John F Kerry a Liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, who made a big deal during his campaign, that the French wanted him to be President of the United States, more than George W Bush. To which Bush replied, I plan on campaigning in the United States for President of the U.S. I have no plans to campaign in France. That’s not sinister, it’s just driving home Gingrich’s point about Mitt Romney, being a Moderate from Massachusetts that also has ties to France.

Dr Evil on January 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM

That ‘French’ ad is weak both in facts, presentation, and narration.

The Nerve on January 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Heh

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM

It’s a comparison to John F Kerry a Liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, who made a big deal during his campaign, that the French wanted him to be President of the United States, more than George W Bush. To which Bush replied, I plan on campaigning in the United States for President of the U.S. I have no plans to campaign in France.

Dr Evil on January 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM

And, interestingly, in the very next election the biggest political rally of the whole race was in Germany … for Germans. With flyers printed by the “American” campaign in German and the campaign logo on them. Brilliant. But, the other guy running – who had pushed an insane, offensive, un-Constitutional campaign anti-free speech bill had nothing to say about this clear violation of American sovereignty (and various normal campaign finance laws) and offense to the American system. All he could think up to respond with was … “Celebrity!!!”

There used to be a time when that sort of thing was illegal … and about the most repulsive political act one could make. But the guy won, anyway. Because no one saw fit to mention that campaigning for non-citizens was a big, fat no-no. Now, it’s just another normal(?) part of American political culture.

Irreparable damage.

Strange how these events collide.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM

It’s a comparison to John F Kerry a Liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, who made a big deal during his campaign, that the French wanted him to be President of the United States, more than George W Bush. To which Bush replied, I plan on campaigning in the United States for President of the U.S. I have no plans to campaign in France. That’s not sinister, it’s just driving home Gingrich’s point about Mitt Romney, being a Moderate from Massachusetts that also has ties to France.

Dr Evil on January 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM

so, what does this have to do with Romney? He actually attacked Obama numerous time on his European-style politics, he’s not a fan at all of the hugely inflated European welfare states, just because he speaks foreign languages, doesn’t mean he’s pro-that country or that country. The fact that he speaks one or more foreign languages is a plus, and in any place on earth (other than America) speaking foreign languages is seesn as an accomplishment and a great advantage, especially in the job market, you can get easier jobs in different part of the world, given we are part of a global economy now…but no, Americans prefer to sit on their behinds and not to learn any, or try to open their minds to the world around them, and then whine that the jobs go to the Chinese and other nations…

jimver on January 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Awesome ad. If they’re annoying the Mittbots, then it means they’re working.

Keep it going Newt!!!!

tkyang99 on January 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Leave it to Americans to mock those who know or are learning a second language.

rickyricardo on January 13, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I’m teaching myself Seerbo-Croat and I also want to Rosetta Stone some Russian, does that make me an candyass rino elitist romney supporter?

timbok on January 13, 2012 at 1:57 AM

I’m teaching myself Seerbo-Croat and I also want to Rosetta Stone some Russian, does that make me an candyass rino elitist romney supporter?

timbok on January 13, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Nope. Commie.

Axe on January 13, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Leave it to Americans to mock those who know or are learning a second language.

rickyricardo on January 13, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Not Americans, Newt.

Astounding thing is, Gingrich seems to know a couple languages of his own, and may know how to speak French as well.

Yeah, kinda hypocritical.

WolvenOne on January 13, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Maybe if these ads were rolled into a larger narrarative about Romney’s electability. If he came at it from the point of view of “can you imagine what the bigO machine will do with that ammo”, maybe he can make a dent in Romney’s “I’m inevitable” meme.

Another question though: The blue-blood big money dynasties seem to have real wood for keeping Newt out of office. What do you think they would do if the electorate overruled them and nominated Newt instead? Would they line up and throw their money at the Obama machine dispite Newt, or let Obama get reelected?

James Moriarty on January 13, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Newt and Obama are both Marxists, I don’t think the ‘dynasties’ would throw their money at neither of them…they’d simply let Obama destroy that old sleazebag

jimver on January 13, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Didn’t have to wait that long to learn that Newt himself speaks french:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/12/gingrich-hits-romney-for-speaking-french-despite-having-doctorate-in-european-history/

LOL

Swerve22 on January 13, 2012 at 3:27 AM

What kind of ridiculous garbage is this?!

Speaking french is a bad thing? I admire people who can actually speak a second language, at least when they aren’t smug about it like Huntsman was. This is the most utterly stupid thing I have seen – at least since Newt’s previous Marxist accusation that capitalism is bad.

scotash on January 13, 2012 at 4:40 AM

The Republican Machine Shills that stood silent while Romney attacked Gingrich with lies, now want a wall around Mitt Romney so none of the Bain stuff gets to him and any criticism of Romney and Bain is an attack on Capitalism. It is the same insanity that any criticism of Obama is racist

CoolChange80 on January 13, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Any weak spots for Mitt Romney out there that might exploited to great effect among the conservative base? Shoot me any suggestions you might have in the comments.

LMFAO! Have you no shame? Seriously? Asking your G/A minions to dig up more Romney smears because you’ve run out of the pitifully few you could discover on your own?

It’s come to this, has it? The shelf life of Bain has been exceeded with no impact on the campaign and you’re out of ideas.

I wish that I could make your pain go away. I’m no expert on battling depression, but perhaps this will help.

MJBrutus on January 13, 2012 at 6:19 AM

C’est de valeur que la seule langue étrangère acceptable ces jours-ci est l’espagnol.

Annar on January 13, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Romney is not a true conservative, which is why he can’t inspire the party base; he is essentially Democrat-Lite. He will most approach to governing and the liberal Democrat approach. Perry articulates this well enough on the campaign trail, and he’ll continue to improve in the crappy “30-second sound bite” formats that the contemporary media attempts to pass off these days as sorry-ass excuses for debates.

I read this and just shake my head because Romney just completed something that NO other POTUS candidate on our side has done which is WON both Iowa and NH. Both of these States have differing constituencies as well which shows that Romney is drawing from ALL various types of conservatives. He will either win SC or be very close to winning which has another type of constituency as well. You look at his backers in Congress which I have posted many times and it actually SHOWS his strength across America as he gets Tea Party backing and moderate backing.

In my opinion, I believe Romney is a stronger candidate than Rush and others WANT to admit. I know Rush and others want Romney to yell out “Obama Socialist!!” at every rally but Romney has not arrived at success in life without doing stupid things that are not a benefit to those around him. Look at Gingrich now. He is doing EXACTLY what he did when he lost control both figuratively and literally of the House in 1997/8 because he cannot stay out of his own alter-ego’s way.

Romney will be a great CONSERVATIVE POTUS and many on HA will be surprised and happy. The key though is to gain control of the Senate then we TP’ers can force, through our will, Congress to cut, cap, and balance once and for all.

g2825m on January 13, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Newt will be releasing a video attacking Romney for having a dog that speaks French.

galtani on January 13, 2012 at 7:09 AM

MJBrutus on January 13, 2012 at 6:19 AM

MJBrutus!!! Agree!!

I read this as well and thought, are you serious?!

I think one thing that has hurt our party is the HUGE amount of time we are spending on ripping each other apart that should be reserved for the Democrats to do. We are helping them and I am not just talking about Romney here. I am talking about the time spent on Perry (rock at ranch), Cain (infidelities), Bachmann (liteweight/Gardasil), Romney (Bain), Gingrich (divorces), etc etc
Should these be brought up? I am not sure. I believe the candidates and the electorate should focus on their public stances on policy. Most of these have NOTHING to do with how they would govern as POTUS.

Thoughts? Have we hurt our party by ripping it apart? I have followed elections for decades and it seems this one has been more vicious internally than any I recall back to the days of Nixon/Ford timeframe.

g2825m on January 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Newt will be releasing a video attacking Romney for having a dog that speaks French.

galtani on January 13, 2012 at 7:09 AM

haha That was hilarious!

Pepe Le Pew

g2825m on January 13, 2012 at 7:17 AM

The Republican Machine Shills that stood silent while Romney attacked Gingrich with lies, now want a wall around Mitt Romney so none of the Bain stuff gets to him and any criticism of Romney and Bain is an attack on Capitalism. It is the same insanity that any criticism of Obama is racist

CoolChange80 on January 13, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Lets not lay it ALL at Romney’s feet. Paul’s campaign was actually ripping Gingrich first in Iowa. Romney’s PAC focused on Gingrich’s past policy positions…it seems Gingrich, in his bitterness, has turned a little more personal.

If you recall this is exactly how Gingrich left in the late 90′s from the House. This was why MANY of his former and current Congressman did NOT want to back his candidacy because they KNOW Gingrich better than we do and know that he has a VERY HIGH opinion of himself. I believe that is why he is so bitter right now because we LOW people just do not understand his greatness.

g2825m on January 13, 2012 at 7:21 AM

That’s it – I am done with Gingrich if this is true. Who CARES if the man can speak a 2nd language? My 17yo daughter can speak French because she had to take a 2nd language – either French or spanish. Is newt saying there is something sinister or untrustworthy about my daughter because SHE can speak French? Newt is down to grasping at straws, saying/doing whetever he can to save HIS butt. He obviously can’t tell us what he is going to do for us/the US anymore and has been stuck in a time warp, harping on what he DID when he was Speaker of the House. Now he is down to petty attacks on candidates for speaking French? Stick a fork in him….he’s DONE!

easyt65 on January 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I thought the ad was decent…the idea was to compare him to John Kerry…it does that. Ripping the French is an American past time.

Dr. Tesla on January 13, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Romney will be a great CONSERVATIVE POTUS and many on HA will be surprised and happy. The key though is to gain control of the Senate then we TP’ers can force, through our will, Congress to cut, cap, and balance once and for all.

Except he won’t beat Obama.

tkyang99 on January 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

There are so many bad deja vu issues with this primary and the 2 previous presidential elections that really worry me. I read that now Peggy Noonan is pushing Romney as inevitable. If nothing else, I’d love to see Romney lose just to slap the smug off her, Karl Rove’s, and the other smarmy establishment fat cats faces. Blech, this is all so demoralizing that money seems to be the main factor in how we choose a nominee. We just continue with the same old story and nothing ever improves. sigh.

mozalf on January 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Thoughts? Have we hurt our party by ripping it apart? I have followed elections for decades and it seems this one has been more vicious internally than any I recall back to the days of Nixon/Ford timeframe.

g2825m on January 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

I ascribe to the notion that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This is politics and its the way the game is played. Certainly the donkeys would want to make hay out of it. Better that Mitt dispense with this silliness now and have ready responses to it later than to allow his campaign to be sidetracked when the heat should stay on PBHO’s failures during the general election.

MJBrutus on January 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Donny Osmond is Mitt Romney’s bastard son.

You know it’s true.

SlaveDog on January 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Rofl! It’s possible!

kg598301 on January 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

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